Led headlights

Discussion in '3rd Gen - 2007 - 2017' started by Michael McDonough, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. cwharding

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    I have a set of Race Sport H13's for the wife's '13 Expedition. I'm really impressed. They're only about 6 months old but so far have been rock solid with no issues.

    I just bought her a set of Race Sport H10's for her fog lights. Haven't received those but I'll let folks know how they perform after I install them.
     
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    Nope. I aimed them a touch lower at first than where factory was set at. I drove around and had no issues and had my wife drive around in front of me with no issues.
    I have raised them slightly and still no issues with blinding.

    And one should not speed either but it can be done. Nor should one use aftermarket parts from one vehicle model in another but it can be done. While not perfect and or ideal it can be done with out adverse effect on other drivers and or your vision.
     
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    Installing HID or LED bulbs in a factory reflector that was not designed for them, without any other modifications, will factually impair the vision of other drivers.
     
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    FWIW - In my projector style headlights, the LED cutoffs are in exactly the same spots as the factory light bulbs. I did the usual before and after test using tape on the garage door to mark the factory cutoff and then retesting with the LED bulbs. So no glare to oncoming vehicles. About 200 miles of night driving so far. My son in law put some LEDs in his 2011 F150 with reflectors and you can see the difference. Much more of a "scatter" pattern.
     
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    True, but so can just having highlights that are out of whack from never being adjusted or from bumping into things over the years or buying cheap eBay replacement housings and not adjusting them after install. I would hope that everyone on this forum would have enough ability and take the time to get them out on the road and block each headlight one at a time and actually make sure they are justed at least somewhat correctly.
     
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    Hence the reason you mark the hotspots and cutoffs with the halogens prior to the install and adjust your headlights accordingly to match the factory halogen out put.
    Then test as a driver coming at the vehicle and following.
    Just tossing in bulbs and rolling is a problem taking time to adjust accordingly will do just fine.
    Had HIDs in a reflector housing of my Explorer for well over a decade with no issues.
    LEDs in the Expedition for a couple months no issue.
    Some folks sure do get all bent over the issue.
    It can be done. Will it be as crisp and perfect as a projector housing No. Can they be properly adjusted not to be blinding to other drivers but still give improved vision to the driver in most cases yes.
     
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    Aftermarket headlights have improved in the 5 years since the linked "don't" article was posted. Five-years ago the HID and LED replacements were often truly horrible in reflectors. Cheap bulbs off Ebay didn't help.

    My sample of one (1) indicates otherwise in my 2017 reflectors where I'm running 35w HID bulbs in the low beams and LEDs in the high beams. I've listed these frequently but here they are again. :) (Just to save you looking back a page.)

    2017 Ford Expedition Headlight Upgrade
    19 October 2018
    XLT Reflector light housings.

    Low beams:
    GTR Lighting H11B HID Bulbs (5000k)
    35w CANBUS HID Ballast

    High beams:
    Supernova V.3 LED Headlights 9005/9145 Bulbs (5000k)

    -- Chuck
     
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    I have a 2013 Expedition Limited.

    There are LED headlights and there are good LED headlights.

    My first pair of LED leadlight I purchased garbage. The pattern was bad and everyone flashed their headlights at me and the Ford computer did not like them either. I took them out and put them where the sun doesn't shine.

    Then I went on line and did some research. There are several good reviews out there that actually tested LED and their pattern compared to OEM bulbs. FYI, expensive LED headlights do not necessarily make them better or good. The second set of LED headlights I purchased were recommended by three online reviews because their pattern was good. Got them in, the bulbs fit in the sockets correctly, the pattern was as good as the factory bulbs and I had to only make minor adjustments to the aiming. After 6 months of driving no one flashes their headlights at me and they light up the road better because they are whiter and the Ford computer doesn't mind them either. I purchased the pair off the web for $140.00.
     
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    Maybe you could tell us what kind of LED lights you purchased that works so well

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    Are the 2013 H13 headlight bulbs (hi-lo in the same bulb) like my old 2007? (Just curious.) I've seen kits with a HID low/Halogen high combination. Separate reflectors in my '17 made this fairly easy.

    -- Chuck
     

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